Finding the silver lining…

As I mentioned last week, one of my resolutions is that I’m trying to be more grateful, more appreciated and more in-the-moment than I have been before.  I have been doing pretty well with my gratitude journal…making some time each night to focus on things I’m grateful for and things that made me happy that day.  It’s been easy, really, because things have been going really well.

That is…until this weekend.

I spent a large part of this weekend sick as a dog.  I’m not sure what was up…whether it was food poisoning or a stomach bug or what…but it was ugly.  While I still maintain that I’d take a stomach virus over a head cold any day of the week, this was no picnic and I was forced to cancel some really fun plans that involved me going to DC for the night on Saturday.  I was up most of the night on Saturday night, feeling just too icky to sleep.  When I was finally tired enough, J’s snoring and the dogs laying on me forced me out of bed and onto the couch, where I got a few measly hours.

On Sunday morning, the dogs woke me up because J will do morning poop duty, but not when it’s raining out.  So I dragged myself off the couch and took the dogs out…shooting daggers at J the whole time.  When I opened the door, it was raining so hard that Sofie kind of just looked at me like “You don’t really expect me to go out there, do you?”  Sadly, I did…so she jumped over all the puddles to do her business.  We were all soaked by the time we came in…exactly how I wanted to start the day.

I was still feeling a little off, so it was another day of mostly laying in bed and getting nothing done.  I napped while J watched football and I ate some toast in an effort to calm my stomach.  We checked our Powerball tickets and we didn’t even win a dollar, which was disappointing.  Overall, it was just a boring, gloomy day.

Right before bed, I sat down to write in my gratitude journal.  I didn’t expect much because it had been a lousy weekend and I was in a grumpy mood.  But as soon as I opened the book, things started coming to me.

I was grateful for the delicious turkey burger I had for dinner.  It wasn’t the fanciest dinner, but it stayed down and was quite tasty.

I was grateful that I got to watch the Golden Globes with only minimal bitching from J, who normally hates awards shows, but was oddly content to go along with my viewing choices last night.

I was grateful for my midday nap, because it pushed me over the top towards feeling better.

There were a few others things as well, but the thing I realized while I was writing was that even though my weekend sucked…and oh boy, did it ever…I was still able to find things that were good.  I was still able to find a bright side.  Even though I felt crappy and my plans were ruined and J was a total ass and wouldn’t go out in the rain…there were still things to be grateful for.  Being a cynical person by my nature, it was happy to discover this about myself.  And if I can do it, anyone can.

So when life hands you lemons, make lemonade.  Look for something to be happy about and grateful for.  Look for the bright side.  You will be so happy you did!

On the Bright Side…

The past few weeks, I haven’t really had much to complain about.  There was a pretty bad stretch in there where everything broke and flooded and was a mess.  But things have certainly been looking up.  But I knew it would happen.  I knew the day would come where I would have a laundry list of complaints.  And, my friends, that day is here.

  • I usually make oatmeal in advance, because it takes forever to cook and I don’t have that kind of patience in the morning.  But yesterday I ran out and I was feeling lazy last night, so I had to get up and cook it this morning.  I also had to make myself lunch for today, so I ended up standing in the kitchen the whole time the oatmeal was cooking.  It was the last place I wanted to be at 6:30 this morning.  The bright side is that I was able to catch it before it boiled over and dripped all over the stove (which it does every. single. time).  So I was able to have delicious oatmeal for breakfast AND I still have a clean stove!
  • I’ve been very frustrated lately because I have insulin resistance, which makes losing weight soooo hard.  I’ve been taking the medication the doctor prescribed, walking over 5 miles a day and I’ve changed my eating habits (somewhat…I’m still not where I need to be, but I’m better) and yet, I have not lost one single ounce.  Now…I haven’t gained anything either.  But every time I get on the scale and see the same exact number I want to scream.  The bright side is that my friend, who is very wise, suggested I find some books on the subject and see if there are some other things I can do.  So I did…and I did!  I learned all a ton about how insulin works and what happens when you are insulin resistant.  I also learned that it’s not only what I’m eating, but how I’m eating it that matters.  And…I found the most awesome nut butter at the grocery store.  It’s peanut and almond with cranberries, sunflower seeds and assorted other goodies.  It’s seriously heavenly.
  • I have to go to CT tonight.  The house is a mess and we are having company this weekend, so I have to clean it.  So tonight, after working a whole day and then grocery shopping for the weekend, I get to go clean the house.  I’m sure to find dead stink bugs, because those things are all over the place and so gross.  I’m not looking forward to it.  The bright side is that I get to have a night off from dog walking and other dog related duties.  And I get to sleep in the bed all by myself…with no snoring boyfriend and no dogs kicking me and laying all over me.  I’m looking forward to it.
  • J is lazy…and this makes me bananas.  He does things like getting up to help carry in groceries when there are only two bags left in the car or waiting until I’m in the middle of dinner at 8:30 to tell me he’s been home since 4:30, but he hasn’t yet walked the dogs.  These things make me want to spit nails and some nights…like last night…it takes all my patience to not fight with him.  But while he’s been trying my patience, he has also made me laugh.  In fact, three times over the past two days, he’s made me laugh until I cried.  And having a boyfriend who can make you laugh in any situation…well, that’s the best bright side of all.

I think I did pretty well this week.  Everything is on my nerves, but I’ve managed to look on the bright side…mostly.  I tried cottage cheese for the first time today and, well, there just is no bright side to that stuff.  Gross.

What is your bright side for the day?

On the Bright Side…

I didn’t want to go to work today.  I didn’t want to go yesterday either.  I spent the weekend with Ally in Kentucky, celebrating baby E’s first birthday.  I had so much fun that the last thing I wanted to do was commute and work all day.  Add to that the fact that the first few days back from vacation are terrible because you have to catch up on everything you missed while you were out and well…I just wasn’t feeling it.

But then I got to the office and I got what was probably the most hilarious pocket dial voicemail ever.  One of the senior attorneys from our law firm dialed me by accident and the proceeded to discuss why having a couch in his office would be nice.  Hint…what he said about that couch is not suitable for work.  But man, was that an entertaining start to my day.

After that I got two emails from my boss…both of them thanking me for things that I did last week.  One of them even included a smiley face!  My boss is really not a smiley face kind of guy, so this was big.  I have been doing a lot recently since my supervisor left and has not yet been replaced and I don’t often feel that it’s appreciated.  So it’s really nice to get a little acknowledgement for my hard work.

That is my bright side for today.  Well…that and the fact that it’s Wednesday…the day for my favorite Geico commercial!